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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)

30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)

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While the film never really explores the dilemma of its protagonists signing away their lives away for a fifty-year mission, there is lots to like in the ingenuity of the notion as well as the youthful enthusiasm that they share for the project. There are some great ideas in the mix too, from magnetic shoes to counteract weightlessness to hazardous super-glue. The film sets up its sequel too blatantly, but this is generally appealing and the sets rock.
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And with blueboybob set to use his Covid advantage to overtake me tomorrow, I'll just state that it has been really fun being the leader of the pack during these first 18 days. I got deeper into my lengthy Russian/Soviet watch-list than I ever expected to in this Challenge. I'm not giving up participating (I'm still keen to come second) but I'm definitely going to slow down my pace. Probably a good thing too since I have been really neglecting the other two challenges this month. But yeah, it was really cool diving deep into (mostly) Soviet Russia, and of my first time viewings, Watch Out for the Automobile and The Commissar are my strongest recommendations... so far. I definitely plan to at least make it up to 36 this month, or however much is needed to stay ahead of Gloede, if not BBB.

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09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
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Good news sol, I only have like ~50 movies to watch. So if you get to 100, youll win easily.
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blueboybob wrote: September 18th, 2020, 6:04 pm Good news sol, I only have like ~50 movies to watch. So if you get to 100, youll win easily.
Thanks for the encouragement, but I still have to drive into work Monday to Friday next week, so there's no way that I will be watching 70 films in 11 days. It's okay; another one in the bag for you, and it will bring you one step closer to challenging flavo for the #1 spot on the leaderboard this year. :woot:
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)

31. Teens in the Universe (1974)

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This sequel to Moscow-Cassiopeia is generally superior, full of great ideas and much zaniness when it comes to alien being communication and the way aspects of their world work, a simple-looking portal device in particular. The general look of the extraterrestrial beings is great too with some insane multi-lens glasses and while the pro-proletariat angle is a little on the nose (the evil the teens must fight is laziness and hedonism), this is pretty fun.
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11. Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
12. Ölsəm... bağışla (1989)
13. Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)
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26. Two Comrades Served (1968)
27. Shine, Shine, My Star (1970)
28. No Path Through Fire (1968)
29. Chapayev (1934)
30. Parade of the Planets (1984)
31. A Fox Hunt (1980)
32. Brief Encounters (1967)
33. Requiem for Mrs. J (2015)
34. Brother (1997)
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17. Shanhkayskiy dokument (The Shanghai Document, Yakov Bliokh, 1928) 6.5/10
18. Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929) 10/10 (RV)
19. Volshebnaya svirel (The Magic Pipe, Mikhail Tumelya, 1998) 9/10
20. Ku! Kin-dza-dza (Georgiy Daneliya & Tatyana Ilina, 2013) 7.5/10

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1. Kuldīgas Freskas (Kuldiga Frescoes, Aivars Freimanis, 1966) 9.5/10
2. Misteriya-Buff (Mystery-Bouffe, David Cherkasskiy, 1969) 8.5/10
3. Byl mesyats may (It Was in May, Marlen Khutsiev, 1970) 9.5/10
4. Maugli (The Adventures of Mowgli, Roman Davydov, 1973) 8/10
5. Sorok serdets (Forty Hearts, Lev Kuleshov, 1931) 7.5/10
6. Dvadtsat shest komissarov (Twenty-Six Commissars, Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) 8/10
7. Velnio nuotaka (Devil's Bride, Arunas Zebriunas, 1974) 8.5/10
8. Gost (The Guest, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, 1987) 9/10
9. Tavadis asuli Meri (Vicountess Meri, Vladimir Barskiy, 1926) 8/10
10. Sumka dipkuryera (The Diplomatic Pouch, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1927) 7.5/10
11. Gospoda Skotininy (The Gentlefolks of Skotinin, Grigoriy Roshal, 1927) 7.5/10
12. Moy syn (My Son, Yevgeni Chervyakov, 1928) 9/10
13. Levsha (Lefty, Ivan Ivanov-Vano & Vladimir Danilevich, 1964) 7.5/10
14. Podi tuda, ne znayu kuda (Go There, Don't Know Where, Ivan Ivanov-Vano & Vladimir Danilevich, 1966) 8/10
15. Gori, gori, moya zvezda (Shine, Shine, My Star, Aleksandr Mitta, 1970) 9/10
16. Akhalgazrda kompozitoris mogzauroba (The Journey of a Young Composer, Giorgi Shengelaia, 1985) 9/10
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1. Shchedroe leto / Bountiful Summer (Boris Barnet, 1951)

The first color film I've seen from Barnet - maybe the earliest Soviet color feature I've seen also - is listed as a musical, but don't let that deceive you - the music is all in roughly the first 20 minutes and the last 10, maybe 4 songs total and they aren't that long or that great. What this is mostly is a propaganda film about the glories of collective farming trying to pretend at moments to be a romantic comedy with two would-be couples at it's center. The photography is in the "Magicolor" process but trust me that's not an apt name, at least not in the copy I saw. Dunno, it could be a faded copy or it could just be a poor original process - looks like a lot of cheaper, weaker color systems I've seen in some German and American films from the 40s and 50s; but as mediocre looking as it is the real problem is that the rosy-wonderful Glory-to-Stalin elements are laid on with a trowel and the characters couldn't be thinner. I have plenty of tolerance for both propaganda and melodrama - if done right - but this is just fucking tedious. Unquestionably the worst Barnet film I've seen and one of the weakest Soviet films I've seen period.

2. Dom na Trubnoy / The House on Trubnaya Square (Boris Barnet, 1928)

And odd film with a lot going on in a fairly short running time. First we're introduced to a several-story house and many inhabitants who always seem to be feuding and getting in the way of each other, particularly over the stairway where a couple of men split logs in defiance of the rules, and the staircase seems on the verge of collapse. Then while we're still getting an idea of these people, the scene shifts to tell the story of Parasha, a young woman who has come to the big city (Moscow) with her goose from the countryside to find her uncle - who meantime has missed her on the train and returned home. Parasha gets a job for an uppity and pretentious barber and his wife in the apartment building, and things go rapidly downhill until there is unexpected news which might turn her life and the whole building's around...

This had a bit too much going on in too short a time for it all to make much sense - I get that it's sort of a screwball comedy, but other than Parasha and her hairdresser boss the characters just didn't resonate and this made the propaganda pro-Soviet elements a bit less meaningful; still it's quite lively and visually inventive (the beginning staircase sequence is quite marvelous) and frequently pretty amusing. So overall, pretty swell, if not even close to Barnet's best work.

3. Malenkaya Vera / Little Vera (Vasili Pichul, 1988)

2020 continues it's major film-watching trend for me in presenting me with another film that's been on my to-see list for many decades - since it came out in fact. I really don't know why I didn't see this when it was new - it was released in the US in the spring of 1989 and must have played in Chicago but for whatever reason I missed it. And I never watched it on VHS - it was one of those things that rented very heavily at the stores I worked at, mostly the promise of RUSSIANS BEING SEXY AND NAKED! This was especially the case at the store with lots of people with Russian heritage - the movie was always out. Maybe that's why I didn't see it - I would have had to pay to take it out new, and by the time it wasn't so new anymore I was on to other things. Anyway it's always fun to be reminded of these little nuggets of the video-film past...

As to the film itself unfortunately it's disappointing except for that very element that made our philistine customers want it - Natalya Negoda's nakedness. Well, she's not naked a lot to be fair, but she is very cute (if borderline anorexic) and she gives the best performance in the film also. It's one of those dreary life-sucks-and-what-can-we-do-about-it stories that could be set almost anywhere really, though there is a bit of the feel of end-of-an-era, what-comes-next to it that fits Russia at the time. Vera finds a guy who her parents don't like - dad drinks all the time, mom works all the time, older brother's kind of a dick and can't wait to go back to the big city, etc, etc. She decides rather impulsively to marry the guy and this does not lead to positive consequences all around, to no viewer's surprise, although there are several moments of hope to go along with a near-murder and near-suicide along the way. Overall, the general feelings of being trapped, and of probably having to repeat your parents' mistakes, are at the heart of the thing, and I don't see anything particularly new or interesting here apart from Negoda, who has a sort of gloomy charm about her that's interesting. She doesn't seem to have had a really significant screen career since this film, alas.

I did like the fact that it takes place not in Moscow or Saint Petersburg but in a smaller, southern, provincial city - I'm not sure it was mentioned in the film but apparently it's Zhdanov, now called Mariupol, and now in Ukraine, on the coast of the Sea of Azov. So the city landscape is different and the feel is generally different - it takes place in the summer or at least when it's warm and people are swimming and eating fresh watermelon, and there's a feeling of provincialism which isn't necessarily a great thing for the characters but is nice for this outsider looking in. Seems like the vast majority of Russian/Soviet films I've seen have taken place either in one of the largest cities, or entirely in the rural or wilderness environment.

4. Turksib (Victor A. Turin, 1929)
5. Shagay, Sovet! / Stride, Soviet! (Dziga Vertov, 1926)

The Turin film has become better-known it seems, and more highly regarded, perhaps as a more "mainstream" (if that word has relevance in this context) example of a Soviet propaganda documentary - in this case the story of Turkestan (then a Soviet Central Asian republic) and it's rapid industrialization, with the Turksib railway designed to be finished by 1930 so as to connect the desert steppes of the southern land to the icy cold regions of Siberia. This is very different from Vertov's or Eisenstein's or other works in that it concentrates almost wholly on landscapes and machinery, and while it's all very well done, I found the editing fairly ordinary by the high standards of Soviet filmmakers of that era, and ultimately this just didn't have the impact that it could have had - perhaps too my lack of knowledge of the situations described hurt in this case. Still well worth seeing but to me a little disappointing given the rep it's developed.

The Vertov film on the other hand, while maybe not one of his very greatest, was another piece of remarkable editing and storytelling, propaganda at it's finest. This is essentially a history of the first 7-8 years of the Soviet system, it's triumphs and tragedies (the latter represented especially by the early death of Lenin who Vertov truly seems to have idolized), and it's potential paths forward - a call on Russians to put away drink and foolish pleasures, to educate themselves, clean themselves up, help each other, etc. This has a lot of energy and the title - "forward" or "stride" is mirrored in the editing and montage, as we are presented with a series of negatives - prostitution and drinking - and their correctives, the forward march, the inexorable movement towards a new and better system. I lack the ability to really describe this in better detail but suffice it to say that I always find Vertov's editing choices exciting and this film is no exception. There's a better description of what he's doing HERE.
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)

32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)

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Living in exile in a tiny Siberian town where they are shunned, two former political prisoners eventually prove their worth when fight back against other ex-prisoners who have the town hostage in this Soviet drama. The keyword is "eventually" with a good hour elapsing before the film goes down a Die Hard route. The epilogue also feels weak. Generally a solid look though at two men making a difference in a town that has been indifferent to them.
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13. Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
14. Morozko (1965)
15. V boy idut odni 'stariki' (1974)
16. Ya zhdu ptentsa (1966) + Shkatulka s sekretom (1976) + Plastilinovaya vorona (1981) + Padal proshlogodniy sneg (1983) + Obratnaya storona luny (1984)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
12. Ölsəm... bağışla (1989)
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4. Trys dienos (1991) Three Days 8
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1. Idi I smotri (1985) Come and See 9+
2. Alenkiy tsvetochek (1978)The Scarlet Flower 7
3. Nochnoy dozor (2004) Night Watch 6
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06.a Kino-pravda no. 11, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes
06.b Kino-pravda no. 13, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 20 minutes
06.c Kino-pravda no. 14, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
06.d Kino-pravda no. 15, by Dziga Vertov (1923) 7,5/10 - 16 minutes

I was surprised to find a lost film in the middle of these newsreels, it reminded me of how fragile these testimonies on the past are...

07. Avanpost, by Egor Baranov (2019) 8,5/10

Solid action in a good sci-fi atmosphere. Russian sci-fi has a good run currently...

08. Vtorzhenie, by Fedor Bondarchuk (2020) 5,5/10

This one has many flaws, a terrible plot and a corny love story, but it still entertains...
Russian delicacies (05)
01. Sputnik, by Egor Abramenko (2020) 7,5/10
02. Kinoglaz, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7/10
03.a Kino-pravda no. 21 - Leninskaia Kino-pravda. Kinopoema o Lenine, by Dziga Vertov (1924) 7,5/10 - 29 minutes
03.b Kino-pravda no. 1, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.c Kino-pravda no. 2, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 10 minutes
03.d Kino-pravda no. 3, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.e Kino-pravda no. 4, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes
03.f Kino-pravda no. 5, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 7 minutes

04.a Kino-pravda no. 6, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
04.b Kino-pravda no. 7, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 11 minutes
04.c Kino-pravda no. 8, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 13 minutes
04.d Kino-pravda no. 9, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes
04.e Kino-pravda no. 10, by Dziga Vertov (1922) 7,5/10 - 12 minutes

05. Moskva slezam ne verit / Moscow does not believe in tears, by Vladimir Menshov (1980) 9/10
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)

33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)

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This Soviet Estonian film benefits from a solid lead performance by an often sullen Monika Järv and there are several memorable moments as emotions intensify; an incident involving a washing machine is especially potent. The overall film though feels too episodic for its own good, with too many side moments that feel incidental as opposed to being an integral part of the protagonist's journey. The orphanage also often seems weirdly understaffed.
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35. Two Comrades Served (1968)
36. 12 (2007) <---- I love a good remake. I love 12 Angry Men. This is a good movie.
37. The Barber of Siberia (1998)
38. Hard to Be a God (2013)
39. Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
40. The Thief (1997)
41. Dark Waters (1993)
42. Down House (2001)
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)

34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)

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The humour varies a bit in effectiveness here and the criminals parade about in drag for way too long (see above). The film also fails to maximise the comedic potential of the premise, with the lookalikes only interacting in one single scene with no gags from them being mistaken for one another or the like. What works though is the relationship between the teacher and his new underlings who he ultimately ends up having to treat like his students.
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10. Viy 1967 7/10
11. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
12. Krynytsya dlya sprahlykh 1965 — a.k.a. A Well for the Thirsty 8-/10
Beautiful cinematography that is at times almost pure black/white (without anything in between).
Is it just the bias of the films that get attention nowadays or how come all the non-Russian Soviet movies are pretty heavily on the avant-garde side?
Spoiler
1. Nevestka 1972 — a.k.a. The Daughter-In-Law 8-/10
2. Trys dienos 1991 — a.k.a. Three Days 8/10
3. Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 8/10
4. Vedreba 1967 8-/10
5. Kamen (1992) - a.k.a. The Stone 5/10
6. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 6/10
7. Dersu Uzala 1975 8/10
8.1 Vinni-Pukh 1969 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh 6/10
8.2 Vinni-Pukh idyot v gosti 1971 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit 6/10
8.3 Vinni-Pukh i den zabot 1972 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day 6/10
8.4 The Old Man and the Sea 1999 8/10
9. Turksib 1929 8/10
10. Viy 1967 7/10
11. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
12. Krynytsya dlya sprahlykh 1965 — a.k.a. A Well for the Thirsty 8-/10

x.1 Yozhik v tumane 1975 — a.k.a. Hedgehog in the Fog 7/10
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sol wrote: September 18th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Melvelet wrote: September 17th, 2020, 4:48 pm My tool can now fetch a dynamic set of OMDB info and create breakdowns from it. So I added a Director breakdown. Are there any other breakdowns you would want to see?
By which Official Lists the films appear on... if that's possible.
I might not be able to finish this in time because of a uni paper deadline and the Hamburg Film Festival coming up.
Breakdowns for OMDb info can be added quite easily though so I did a Language breakdown (that includes all languages listed in OMDb entries)

Decade breakdown:
Decade Count
1910s 7
1920s 25
1930s 5
1940s 1
1950s 12
1960s 31
1970s 43
1980s 37
1990s 19
2000s 13
2010s 9
2020s 3

Director breakdown
Director Count
Dziga Vertov 8
Sergei M. Eisenstein 8
Aleksandr Mitta 6
Aleksey Balabanov 6
Aleksandr Sokurov 5
Richard Viktorov 5
Roman Kachanov 5
Boris Barnet 4
Georgiy Daneliya 4
Lev Kuleshov 4
Aleksandr Rou 3
Aleksandr Tatarskiy 3
Aleksey German 3
Andrey Konchalovskiy 3
Elem Klimov 3
Fyodor Khitruk 3
Grigoriy Aleksandrov 3
Ivan Ivanov-Vano 3
Leonid Gaidai 3
Lev Atamanov 3
Nikita Mikhalkov 3
Yevgeni Bauer 3
Aleksandr Petrov 2
Andrei Tarkovsky 2
David Cherkasskiy 2
Eldar Ryazanov 2
Gennadiy Kazanskiy 2
Karen Shakhnazarov 2
Larisa Shepitko 2
Nathalia Hencker 2
Nina Agadzhanova 2
Sergei Bodrov 2
Sharunas Bartas 2
Vadim Abdrashitov 2
Victor A. Turin 2
Vladimir Chebotaryov 2
Vladimir Menshov 2
Yevgeni Karelov 2
Yuliya Solntseva 2
Yuri Ilyenko 2
Yuri Norstein 2
Akira Kurosawa 1
Aksel Lundin 1
Aleksandr Askoldov 1
Aleksandr Dovzhenko 1
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy 1
Aleksandr Proshkin 1
Aleksandr Rogozhkin 1
Aleksandr Sery 1
Aleksei Saltykov 1
Aleksey Uchitel 1
Alexandre Volkoff 1
Alla Surikova 1
Andrey Zvyagintsev 1
Arunas Zebriunas 1
Arvo Iho 1
Bojan Vuletic 1
Boris Ablynin 1
Boris Butakov(co-director) 1
Boris Stepantsev 1
Derek W. Hayes 1
Dmitriy Meskhiev 1
Dmitriy Vasilev 1
Eduard Nazarov 1
Efim Gamburg 1
Egor Abramenko 1
Egor Baranov 1
Fedor Bondarchuk 1
Fyodor Otsep 1
Gani Kistauov 1
Gennadiy Sokolskiy 1
Gennady Shpalikov 1
George Cukor 1
Georgi Vasilyev 1
Georgiy Kropachyov 1
Giorgi Shengelaia 1
Gleb Panfilov 1
Grigori Stobovoi 1
Grigoriy Roshal 1
Gulshat Omarova 1
Igor Kovalyov 1
Ilya Averbakh 1
Ilya Kopalin 1
Irina Povolotskaya 1
Isidor Simkov(co-director) 1
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy 1
Ivan Vyrypaev 1
Kazimir Gertel 1
Kenji Yoshida 1
Khodzha Kuli Narliyev 1
Kira Muratova 1
Konstantin Ershov 1
Konstantin Yudin 1
Leida Laius 1
Leonid Bykov 1
Lev Kulidzhanov 1
Margarita Mikaelyan 1
Mariano Baino 1
Marlen Khutsiev 1
Mikhail Kalatozov 1
Mikhail Kalik 1
Mikhail Kaufman 1
Mikhail Tumelya 1
Mikhaïl Tsekhanovskii 1
Nikolai Serebryakov 1
Nikoloz Shengelaia 1
Noah Sokolovsky 1
Oleg Teptsov 1
Pavel Chukhray 1
Rashid Nugmanov 1
Rasim Odzhagov 1
Roman Balayan 1
Roman Davydov 1
Sergei Yutkevich 1
Sergey A. 1
Sergey Loban 1
Sergey Vasilev 1
Stanislav Rostotskiy 1
Stanislav Sokolov 1
Stella Aristakesova 1
Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy 1
Tatyana Ilina 1
Tengiz Abuladze 1
Timur Bekmambetov 1
Valeriy Ugarov 1
Vasili Pichul 1
Vasiliy Sigarev 1
Vitautas Mikalauskas 1
Vladimir Barsky 1
Vladimir Danilevich 1
Vladimir Danilyevich 1
Vladimir Fetin 1
Vladimir Grammatikov 1
Vladimir Motyl 1
Vladimir Rogovoy 1
Vladislav Krivenchuk 1
Yakov Bliokh 1
Yakov Protazanov 1
Yakov Segel 1
Yevgeni Chervyakov 1
Zhaken Danenov 1
Language breakdown
Language Count
Russian 170
English 16
None 15
German 14
Georgian 7
Ukrainian 6
French 5
Belarusian 3
Chechen 2
Lithuanian 2
Albanian 1
Azerbaijani 1
Chinese 1
Estonian 1
Hebrew 1
Japanese 1
Latin 1
Russian Sign Language 1
Serbian 1
Spanish 1
Turkish 1
Turkmen 1
Movies that have been challenged more than once
Times challenged Name Year IMDBICM
3 Come and See 1985 :imdb: :ICM:
3 Moscow: Cassiopea 1974 :imdb: :ICM:
3 Shine, Shine, My Star 1970 :imdb: :ICM:
2 For Luck 1917 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Afonya 1975 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Misteriya-Buff 1969 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Amphibian Man 1962 :imdb: :ICM:
2 The Snow Queen 1957 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Of Freaks and Men 1998 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Children in the Universe 1975 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Three Days 1991 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Godovshchina revolyutsii 1918 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Two-Buldi-Two 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Two Comrades Served 1968 :imdb: :ICM:
2 October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 1927 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal 1963 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Turksib 1929 :imdb: :ICM:
2 Dom na Trubnoy 1928 :imdb: :ICM:
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Melvelet wrote: September 22nd, 2020, 12:30 pm
sol wrote: September 18th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Melvelet wrote: September 17th, 2020, 4:48 pm My tool can now fetch a dynamic set of OMDB info and create breakdowns from it. So I added a Director breakdown. Are there any other breakdowns you would want to see?
By which Official Lists the films appear on... if that's possible.
I might not be able to finish this in time because of a uni paper deadline and the Hamburg Film Festival coming up.
No problem. No pressure. :thumbsup:
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43. Assa (1987)
44. Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974) <---- pretty funny
45. Faust (2011)
46. The Cuckoo (2002) <---- another decent comedy
47. A Chef in Love (1996)
48. Moloch (1999)
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Okay, I just extended the script after all

Which other lists shall be added?

Rank Participant Count 1000<400 500<400 DtC RU Guild RU ICMForum RU Livejournal TSPDT TSPDT2
1 blueboybob 48 2 0 0 15 4 9 0 0
2 sol 34 1 0 0 8 4 11 3 0
3 St. Gloede 23 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
4 jdidaco 20 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
5 Mario Gaborović 16 0 0 0 3 4 3 4 0
6 Melvelet 12 4 3 4 1 11 4 3 0
7 cinephage 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
8 72aicm 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 OldAle1 5 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 1
10 AB537 4 0 0 0 3 4 3 2 1
10 peeptoad 4 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
12 flavo5000 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
12 hurluberlu 3 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 2
14 Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 maxwelldeux 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 0
14 ororama 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 allisoncm 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 morrison-dylan-fan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Onderhond 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 sebby 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
- overall 195 13 5 7 43 34 36 16 4
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5. Okraina - Outskirts/The Patriots (Boris Barnet, 1933) 6.5/10
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13. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovo 1958 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two 5/10
Not as terrible as the first part but terrible nevertheless. I'm still missing Que Viva Mexico but so far I never went above 6/10 for Eisenstein...
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1. Nevestka 1972 — a.k.a. The Daughter-In-Law 8-/10
2. Trys dienos 1991 — a.k.a. Three Days 8/10
3. Kin-dza-dza! (1986) 8/10
4. Vedreba 1967 8-/10
5. Kamen (1992) - a.k.a. The Stone 5/10
6. Aleksandr Nevskiy (1938) 6/10
7. Dersu Uzala 1975 8/10
8.1 Vinni-Pukh 1969 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh 6/10
8.2 Vinni-Pukh idyot v gosti 1971 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh Pays a Visit 6/10
8.3 Vinni-Pukh i den zabot 1972 — a.k.a. Winnie-the-Pooh and a Busy Day 6/10
8.4 The Old Man and the Sea 1999 8/10
9. Turksib 1929 8/10
10. Viy 1967 7/10
11. Oktyabr 1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) 6/10
12. Krynytsya dlya sprahlykh 1965 — a.k.a. A Well for the Thirsty 8-/10
13. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovo 1958 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two 5/10

x.1 Yozhik v tumane 1975 — a.k.a. Hedgehog in the Fog 7/10
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1. Dva-Buldi-dva / Two-Buldi-Two (1929, Nina Agadzhanova, Lev Kuleshov) 5/10
2. Iz-pod svodov mecheti (1928, Kazimir Gertel) 4/10
3. Godovshchina revolyutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution (1918, Dziga Vertov) 4/10
4-6. Miss Mend (1926, Boris Barnet, Fyodor Otsep) 7/10

Aleksandr Sokurov:
7. Skorbnoye beschuvstviye / Mournful Unconcern (1987) 5/10
8. Molokh (1999) 6.5/10
9. Faust (2011) 5/10

Andrey Konchalovskiy:

10. Dyadya Vanya / Uncle Vanya (1971) 6/10
11. Romans o vlyublyonnykh / A Lover's Romance (1974) 4/10
12. Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna / The Postman's White Nights (2014) 6/10

Aleksandr Mitta focus:

13. Gori, gori, moya zvezda / Shine, Shine, My Star (1970) 7/10
14. Moskva, lyubov moya / Moscow, My Love (1974) 4/10
15. Skaz pro to, kak tsar Pyotr arapa zhenil / How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976) 7/10
16. Ekipazh / The Crew (1980) 4/10

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17. Zydrasis Horizontas (1958, Vitautas Mikalauskas) 6/10
18. Do svidaniya, malchiki! / Goodbye, Boys (1964, Mikhail Kalik) 6/10
19. Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (1967, Gennady Shpalikov) 4/10
20. Pervyy eshelon / The First Echelon (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov) 5/10
21. Legenda o knyagine Olge / The Legend of Princess Olga (1983, Yyri Ilyenko) 7/10
22. Nezabyvaemoe / Unforgettable (1967, Yuliya Solntseva) 6.5/10
23. Gospodin oformitel / Mister Designer (1987, Oleg Teptsov) 8/10
24. Moskva slezam ne verit / Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980, Vladimir Menshov) 7.5/10
25. Dzhamilya (1969, Sergei Yutkevich, Irina Poplavskaya) 7/10
26. Shla sobaka po royalyu / A Dog Was Walking on the Piano (1978, Vladimir Grammatikov) 4/10
27. Poslesloviye / Epilogue (1983, Marlen Khutsiev) 5/10
28. Ilinskiy o Mayakovskom / Mayakovsky Laughs (1973, Sergei Yutkevich, Anatoliy Karanovich) 8/10
29. Groza / Thunderstorm (1934, Vladimir Vetrov) 5/10
30. Assa (1988, Sergey Solovev) 8/10
31. Mamluqi (1958, Davit Rondeli) 6/10
32. Obyknovennyy fashizm / Ordinary Fascism (1965, Mikhail Romm) 8.5/10

May return with specifics on the ones I liked the most.
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)

35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)

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I just wanted to add in a few words on Ordinary Fascism, which is the best film I have seen so far this month, and really delivered on the promise I saw in his later, incomplete film Sports, Sports, Sports, namely a a clever and creative essayist.

I think it is endlessly fascinating to see a classic Soviet director (who I always felt to be a little cold, and not among the most engaging) turn everything around and create something that feels deeply personal and warm. This is honestly quite close to Marker, and it is even more fascinating to see a lighthearted approach to looking into Fascism (primarily Nazi Germany, but with some time dedicated to Italy and the modern US).

By lighthearted I do not mean that it looks at the issue lightly, some of the images are stark, and in clear contrast to the tone, but it feels so childlike and full of life in the way it revels in idiosycrities, funny movements, etc. and adds humoristic narration across.

It is divided into 15 chapters, looking at everything from race science to marches to power dynamics - and with Romm treating the people in the footage, especially Hitler, as children - congratulating him on his suit, improved posture (showcasing the pictures of Hitler practicing) - taking enjoyment in Mussolini's facial expressions, etc. the film really delves into how "ordinary" this must have been indeed - while always keeping the dread around the corner.

A great work of personal and political filmmaking.
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My 9000th first time viewing: :party: (yes, I have more than 9000 checks since that includes short films and miniseries, which I have never included in this tally)

From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)

36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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Ooooooh, congrats Sol. And I really should rewatch Man with a Movie Camera this month. How did you like it btw?
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49. Chuchelo (1984)
50. Rasputin (1981)
51. Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970)
52. Cloud-Paradise (1990)
53. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
54. Tema (1979)
55. Aftermath (2012)
56. Elena (2011)
57. Pyl (2005)
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(Screenshots from 'Benya Krik' & 'Mama vyshla zamuzh'),

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21. Benya Krik (Bennie the Howl, Vladimir Vilner, 1926) 8/10
22. Nebyvalyj pohod (An Unprecedented Campaign, Mikhail Kaufman, 1931) 8/10
23. Chelovechka narisoval ya (I Drew the Little Man, Valentina Brumberg & Zinaida Brumberg, 1960) 7/10
24. Mama vyshla zamuzh (Mama Married, Vitaliy Melnikov, 1970) 8/10

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1. Kuldīgas Freskas (Kuldiga Frescoes, Aivars Freimanis, 1966) 9.5/10
2. Misteriya-Buff (Mystery-Bouffe, David Cherkasskiy, 1969) 8.5/10
3. Byl mesyats may (It Was in May, Marlen Khutsiev, 1970) 9.5/10
4. Maugli (The Adventures of Mowgli, Roman Davydov, 1973) 8/10
5. Sorok serdets (Forty Hearts, Lev Kuleshov, 1931) 7.5/10
6. Dvadtsat shest komissarov (Twenty-Six Commissars, Nikoloz Shengelaia, 1932) 8/10
7. Velnio nuotaka (Devil's Bride, Arunas Zebriunas, 1974) 8.5/10
8. Gost (The Guest, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, 1987) 9/10
9. Tavadis asuli Meri (Vicountess Meri, Vladimir Barskiy, 1926) 8/10
10. Sumka dipkuryera (The Diplomatic Pouch, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1927) 7.5/10
11. Gospoda Skotininy (The Gentlefolks of Skotinin, Grigoriy Roshal, 1927) 7.5/10
12. Moy syn (My Son, Yevgeni Chervyakov, 1928) 9/10
13. Levsha (Lefty, Ivan Ivanov-Vano & Vladimir Danilevich, 1964) 7.5/10
14. Podi tuda, ne znayu kuda (Go There, Don't Know Where, Ivan Ivanov-Vano & Vladimir Danilevich, 1966) 8/10
15. Gori, gori, moya zvezda (Shine, Shine, My Star, Aleksandr Mitta, 1970) 9/10
16. Akhalgazrda kompozitoris mogzauroba (The Journey of a Young Composer, Giorgi Shengelaia, 1985) 9/10
17. Shanhkayskiy dokument (The Shanghai Document, Yakov Bliokh, 1928) 6.5/10
18. Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929) 10/10 (RV)
19. Volshebnaya svirel (The Magic Pipe, Mikhail Tumelya, 1998) 9/10
20. Ku! Kin-dza-dza (Georgiy Daneliya & Tatyana Ilina, 2013) 7.5/10
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17. Mat (1926)
18. Neulovimye mstiteli (1967)

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01. Stachka (1925)
02. Oktyabr (1927)
03. Skazka o rybake i rybke (1950) + Zolotaya antilopa (1954) + Ivan Groznyy III (1988)
04. Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg (1953)
05. Otets Sergiy (1918)
06. Ivan Groznyy (1944)
07. Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958)
08. Brat 2 (2000)
09. Tsirk (1936)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. Chelovek-Amfibiya (1962)
12. Ölsəm... bağışla (1989)
13. Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (1963)
14. Morozko (1965)
15. V boy idut odni 'stariki' (1974)
16. Ya zhdu ptentsa (1966) + Shkatulka s sekretom (1976) + Plastilinovaya vorona (1981) + Padal proshlogodniy sneg (1983) + Obratnaya storona luny (1984)
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6. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975) 7.5/10
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St. Gloede wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 4:09 pm Ooooooh, congrats Sol. And I really should rewatch Man with a Movie Camera this month. How did you like it btw?
It was an easy new entry in my top movies list for all the reasons that I outlined above. It seems weird that I put it off for so long given my general interest in experimental cinema, but damn, the basic well-known premise of "a documentary about a cameraman filming parts of everyday life" always made the film sound so damn dull to me. :shrug: Glad it wasn't.
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From Russia with Love
1. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987)
2. Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
3. Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)
4. Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
5. Assassin of the Tsar (1991)
6. The Commissar (1967)
7. Za Schastem (1917)
8. Zoology (2016)
9. Courier (1986)
10. Afonya (1975)
11. The Blue Bird (1976)
12. Twelve Chairs (1971)
13. Dark Waters (1993)
14. Interstelar (2014) FIRST CHECK!
15. Solaris (1972) REVISION
16. Stalker (1979) REVISION
17. Striped Trip (1961)
18. Operation 'Y' (1965)
19. Come and See (1985) REVISION
20. Misteriya-Buff (1969) FIRST CHECK!
21. Amphibian Man (1962)
22. The Snow Queen (1957)
23. Office Romance. (1977)
24. The Safety Match (1954)
25. Love and Pigeons (1985)
26. Igla / The Needle (1988)
27. Woman's Kingdom (1968)
28. Of Freaks and Men (1998)
29. Pippi Longstocking (1984)
30. Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973)
31. Teens in the Universe (1974)
32. Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
33. Well, Come On, Smile (1985)
34. Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
35. It Can't Be! / Impossible! (1975)
36. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

37. Freeze, Die, Come to Life (1990)

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Filmed in black and white and 1.37:1, this succeeds in looking like a product of the era that it is set in (late 1940s), with only some very mobile camerawork (at times running with the kids) providing a sharp reminder that this is a more contemporary drama. As a narrative though, I found the film too episodic and loosely structured to fully click. A big stretch of the film near the end is also dedicated to his (less interesting) adventures without her.
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4a. Zhuravlinye perya a.k.a. Crane's Feathers (1977)
4b. La grande migration (1998)
4c. Tsaplya i zhuravl a.k.a. The Heron & the Crane (1974)
4d. Seraya sheyka a.k.a. Little Gray Neck (1946)
4e. Krylya, nogi i khvosty a.k.a. Wings, Legs & Tails (1986)
4f. Plastilinovaya vorona a.k.a. Clay Crow (1981)
5. Maugli a.k.a. Adventures of Mowgli (1973)
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1a. Karlson vernulsya a.k.a. Karlson Returns (Soviet Union, 1970)
1b. Okhota a.k.a. The Hunt (Soviet Union, 1988)
1c. Korova a.k.a. The Cow (Soviet Union, 1989)
1d. Gargarin (Russia, 1994)
1e. Puteshestvie muravya a.k.a. Travels of an Ant (Soviet Union, 1983)
2. Konyok-gorbunok a.k.a. The Magic Pony (1975)
3a. Krokodil Gena a.k.a. Gena the Crocodile (1969)
3b. Cheburashka (1971)
3c. Shapoklyak - The Gibus (1974)
3d. Cheburashka idyot v shkolu a.k.a. Cheburashka Goes To School (1983)
4a. Zhuravlinye perya a.k.a. Crane's Feathers (1977)
4b. La grande migration (1998)
4c. Tsaplya i zhuravl a.k.a. The Heron & the Crane (1974)
4d. Seraya sheyka a.k.a. Little Gray Neck (1946)
4e. Krylya, nogi i khvosty a.k.a. Wings, Legs & Tails (1986)
4f. Plastilinovaya vorona a.k.a. Clay Crow (1981)
5. Maugli a.k.a. Adventures of Mowgli (1973)
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sol wrote: September 24th, 2020, 11:41 am
St. Gloede wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 4:09 pm Ooooooh, congrats Sol. And I really should rewatch Man with a Movie Camera this month. How did you like it btw?
It was an easy new entry in my top movies list for all the reasons that I outlined above. It seems weird that I put it off for so long given my general interest in experimental cinema, but damn, the basic well-known premise of "a documentary about a cameraman filming parts of everyday life" always made the film sound so damn dull to me. :shrug: Glad it wasn't.
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3. (3-5?) D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers (D'Artanyan i tri mushketyora)(Yungvald-Khilkevich, 1979) -- consists of three feature length films, so I guess it counts as three?

This is a beloved Soviet classic of the 70s, all about the fun-loving, melee-seeking, manly-man musketeers and their musky charisma. That said, watching today is quite a slog. It is shot very poorly, the songs feel like very awkward imitations of more successful 70s rock musicals, and -- more than anything -- there is the astonishingly amateurish writing. It feels like the make-it-up-as-you-go-along, not-a-single-re-write-allowed, totally-misshapen-and-random writing of Les Vampires, but this movie doesn't have the excuse of being made when the language of cinema had yet to be figured out. It really was a trial to get through.
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7. Zamri, umri, voskresni! - Freeze Die Come to Life (Vitali Kanevsky, 1989) 6/10
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58. The Garage (1980)
59. Private Life (1982)
60. The Island (2006)
61. Window to Paris (1993)
62. Roads to Koktebel (2003)
63. Triple Agent (2004)
64. Turetskiy gambit (2005)
65. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches (1987)
66. Nine Days of One Year (1962) <---- I really liked this one
67. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Treasures of Agra (1983)
68. Autumn Marathon (1979)
69. A Man from Boulevard des Capucines
70. D'artagnan and Three Musketeers (1979)
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